I was probably a little more forgiving to myself during that first year of retirement, but extra discretionary time often leads to more introspection, or an equivalent of what this Huffington Post piece refers to as ‘sensemaking’.
This article highlights research by the University of Cincinnati’s Heather Vough and colleagues who identified a list of the six most common career-ending narratives, including the three most challenging to a retiree’s self-worth:
Having an epiphany
I experienced a mix of these three and so my first year, while at times leisurely, was more marked by a juggling act of highs and lows and doubts and revelations.
My challenge, and I would guess that of plenty of other retirees, was to write a new script.
More on that in a later post.
Take the time to read the HuffPost piece. I’m betting there will be a realization or two out there if you identify your retirement narrative according to the article’s list.
Creative Retirees**–Again borrowing a technique from Austin ‘Steal Like An Artist‘ Kleon [who borrowed it from others who borrowed it from others], here is a blackout poem with a few suggestions for making your days more interesting [book recommendation to follow in my next post] and creatively productive.
** I have gotto find a better synonym for ‘retirees’.
She compiled the list from a number of sources. A few favorites below…
from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Designs: “Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.”
from Steve Pavlina: “Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”
from Alison Motluk: “Seek out creative company. The best ideas are forged not in moments of solitary genius, but during exchanges with trusted colleagues.” [Note: Austin Kleon calls this creative company a ‘scenius‘.]